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Cage, n. Etym: [F. cage, fr. L. cavea cavity, cage, fr. cavus hollow. Cf. Cave, n., Cajole, Gabion.]
1. A box or inclosure, wholly or partly of openwork, in wood or metal, used for confining birds or other animals. In his cage, like parrot fine and gay. Cowper.
2. A place of confinement for malefactors Shak. Stone walls do not a prison make, Nor iron bars a cage. Lovelace.
Defn: An outer framework of timber, inclosing something within it; as the cage of a staircase. Gwilt.
4. (Mach.) (a) A skeleton frame to limit the motion of a loose piece, as a ball valve. (b) A wirework strainer, used in connection with pumps and pipes.
5. The box, bucket, or inclosed platform of a lift or elevator; a cagelike structure moving in a shaft.
Defn: The drum on which the rope is wound in a hoisting whim.
Defn: The catcher's wire mask.
Cage Cage, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Caged; p. pr. & vb. n. Caging.]
Defn: To confine in, or as in, a cage; to shut up or confine.
---excerpt from the Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Cage - (Heb. kelub' , Jeremiah 5:27, marg. "coop;" rendered "basket" in Amos 8:1), a basket of wicker-work in which birds were placed after being caught. In Revelation 18:2 it is the rendering of the Greek phulake, properly a prison or place of confinement.